One last day at the beach.
One last day at the beach.

Good Morning!

• Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter plans to deliver a balanced budget to his town board at the end of September, after two other options — piercing the New York State tax cap with a hefty tax increase, or taking a bridge loan against the anticipated sale of subdivided units at EPCAL, both failed to pass muster with the town board Wednesday night. The last time Riverhead discussed a balanced budget, it included 60 layoffs — 20 percent of the town’s work force. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Riverhead’s proposal to subdivide EPCAL into a mix of retail, residential and light industrial uses was also roundly rebuked by the public at a hearing Wednesday, but Mr. Walter said he thinks the public’s concerns include “no insurmountable obstacles,” and is still optimistic about the future of the project. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• After all the fun last night, Riverhead Town’s regular Thursday morning work session has been cancelled today.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss special exception standards for businesses over 5,000 square feet at their 11 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board plans to hire engineer Michael Baker to provide oversight on the capital plan for improvements at the East Hampton Airport at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. They also plan to award a bid on the restoration of taxiway 4-22 at the airport to Rosemar Construction, at a cost of $324,000. Their full agenda is online here.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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